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Yeah, that's the product I was looking at. They have some that is ~10" wide, which I would prefer the look of, over the more standard 5-6" wide stuff. Install looks easy enough, too. No harder than vinyl, and maybe even easier.



Thanks. Hopefully I'll get back into interesting stuff soon. Money ran out, and I've basically just been doing little things here and there. Bought a few pieces of furniture that I found with prices I couldn't turn down. Filling it, starting to make it feel like a home, and not just an empty shell.

Have 2 or 3 people looking at my tractor for sale in the next few days. I'm probably going to get a few thousand less than what it's worth, but I need the money pretty badly, so I'm willing to take a bit of a loss. If I didn't need the money so badly, I could take a few months to find the right buyer and get all it's worth. So hopefully as soon as it's sold, I can start buying what I need to finish it all off.
What kind of tractor are you selling?
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It's a Kubota L4400, with 7 attachments. Just sold it actually, but got $2500 less than what I was initially asking for the whole package. Wish I didn't have to sell it, but I need money more than I need a tractor. Besides, I have 2 more tractors anyway... She only has 125 hours on her, so it's basically a brand new tractor, that this guy is getting for about 1/2 of what it would all be worth if bought new again.



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Got it gone, cash in hand... but I thought I was going to have to take an ambulance ride. Got the last piece of equipment loaded up and started feeling weird. Had to sit down. Within seconds I couldn't catch my breath, my heart was racing, my vision got dark and my hearing got very muted and muffled, and I could barely sit up straight. I was almost ready to tell him to keep an eye on me and call an ambulance if he saw me roll over and fall to the ground. Got back inside and sat for a minute after shedding my dripping wet clothes, and I feel better now, though my finger tips are tingling. Think it was just heat related. It's upper 80's and about 300% humidity, and I was exerting myself pretty heavily, helping him load up 7 pieces of tractor equipment... That was quite scary. I've been faint before, but not quite like that. I just don't handle heat well at all. Never did, and especially not as much, the older I get.
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Got it gone, cash in hand... but I thought I was going to have to take an ambulance ride. Got the last piece of equipment loaded up and started feeling weird. Had to sit down. Within seconds I couldn't catch my breath, my heart was racing, my vision got dark and my hearing got very muted and muffled, and I could barely sit up straight. I was almost ready to tell him to keep an eye on me and call an ambulance if he saw me roll over and fall to the ground. Got back inside and sat for a minute after shedding my dripping wet clothes, and I feel better now, though my finger tips are tingling. Think it was just heat related. It's upper 80's and about 300% humidity, and I was exerting myself pretty heavily, helping him load up 7 pieces of tractor equipment... That was quite scary. I've been faint before, but not quite like that. I just don't handle heat well at all. Never did, and especially not as much, the older I get.
Make a doctor appointment, make sure it is not your heart. I just lost a good friend a month ago to a heart attack. His significant other said she had to run to the store, he told her he was going to take a shower before heading out to see the grand-kids. She was gone only about 1/2 hour only to return to find him dead. He was only 62 years old. My brother had his first heart attack at 53. You don't always have chest pain with heart attacks.

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Make a doctor appointment, make sure it is not your heart. I just lost a good friend a month ago to a heart attack. His significant other said she had to run to the store, he told her he was going to take a shower before heading out to see the grand-kids. She was gone only about 1/2 hour only to return to find him dead. He was only 62 years old. My brother had his first heart attack at 53. You don't always have chest pain with heart attacks.

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Well, I'm only 31, and have good blood pressure and I'm in fairly good health, but I guess you never know. I'm almost certain it was just heat exhaustion though, along with having not eaten anything all day, except for a small slice of cake with my coffee earlier in the day. I probably lost a half gallon of water in the hour I was out there. Every piece of clothing was absolutely dripping wet. I just don't tolerate heat well. But I do need to visit the doctor one day, I have a lot of little issues I need to address, but it's hard to do when you don't make much money and don't have insurance. Don't make enough to afford to go, but make too much to get assistance... Sucks being in that working poor classification.

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Well, I'm only 31, and have good blood pressure and I'm in fairly good health, but I guess you never know. I'm almost certain it was just heat exhaustion though, along with having not eaten anything all day, except for a small slice of cake with my coffee earlier in the day. I probably lost a half gallon of water in the hour I was out there. Every piece of clothing was absolutely dripping wet. I just don't tolerate heat well. But I do need to visit the doctor one day, I have a lot of little issues I need to address, but it's hard to do when you don't make much money and don't have insurance. Don't make enough to afford to go, but make too much to get assistance... Sucks being in that working poor classification.

Yeah you need to keep up on your health. One thing I have to do is take massive amounts of potassium, they have checked everything and that is all they could come up with, and i am talking 4000 MG per day, you might want to start taking more K too, I did some research on it and some well known doctors say very few people get enough potassium
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Yeah you need to keep up on your health. One thing I have to do is take massive amounts of potassium, they have checked everything and that is all they could come up with, and i am talking 4000 MG per day, you might want to start taking more K too, I did some research on it and some well known doctors say very few people get enough potassium
Probably wouldn't hurt. I do get cramps quite often.
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Probably wouldn't hurt. I do get cramps quite often.
Those are probably from driving tractors that aren't green and yellow

Just kidding,potassium pills are cheap try taking some they really do make a difference
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Might as well. I already have a home pharmacy worth of supplements and medications... What's one more.

Went and spent almost a grand on baseboard, crown molding, blinds and a few other things at Lowe's... I should be getting some kind of discount from as much as I've been spending there lately... Hopefully tomorrow I can knock out most of the remaining trim work, on walls that won't be disturbed by the repair of the rotted walls and floor. Should really make a huge difference.
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Still tinkering, preparing for the big push to knock out this rotted wall replacement, which is holding back progress. Since it's been fairly nice (and hot) for the last few days, we've been working a bit outside. Cut down all of the ancient shrubs, most of which now look more like trees, and did some cleaning around the yard. Also bleached and pressure washed the house to get some of the mold off of the siding. Started crown molding in the bedroom yesterday but got frustrated and quite before I made any more mistakes. Tomorrow I should get the crown molding in the kitchen and living room finished, and that will pretty much be it for the kitchen, and living room, except for the one wall that's coming down in the living room, and a little more paint on the ceiling, and the rest of the flooring. Hopefully I'll have something picture worthy done soon.

Something else I'm trying to figure out, is if there is a way I can keep the 90% of the siding that is still in good shape, and just replace the rotted out parts. All of the rot is in the bottom 1-2', mostly around the front and rear deck where water splashed on it for years without gutters, and from improper flashing between the deck and siding. I'm not sure if it would look right, but I'm trying to think of a way to use horizontal masonite planks in the bottom 2 or 3 feet, and keep the vertical masonite sheet siding that's above. The bottom 1-2' is painted concrete foundation block, so I'm not sure that having 2 seperate transitions between material and design would look right.

Existing siding is this stuff, same wood like pattern with 1" wide vertical gaps/lines between the "planks". Do any of you have any creative ideas as to how I could save the majority of the siding by just replacing the bottom few feet with something else, and not having it look goofy?

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Maybe do it like a Wainscot on the our side wall, just cut it 2 feet up install new siding then cover the crack with a 1x4 or something else and seal it good ought to work for quite a while if done right
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Maybe do it like a Wainscot on the our side wall, just cut it 2 feet up install new siding then cover the crack with a 1x4 or something else and seal it good ought to work for quite a while if done right
Great minds think alike. I just had that thought after posting. Cut all the way around the house about 3 feet up, and replace the lower part with a flat, less textured piece, and use 1x to trim it out, like wainscoting. Probably do the new bottom portion white, to match the block foundation and trim, so it won't look too segmented. The back of the house will have to be completely redone though, since the portion around the bathroom needs to come down to replace studs and sheathing. I'd never find a matching product, so I can just do the whole back in the same new stuff I get to the along the bottom everywhere else. Doing it this way should save me a good $1500-$2000, and I'm all about saving money where I can, as long as it doesn't look too bad, or isn't safe/reliable/durable enough...
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Well, I'm only 31, and have good blood pressure and I'm in fairly good health, but I guess you never know. I'm almost certain it was just heat exhaustion though, along with having not eaten anything all day, except for a small slice of cake with my coffee earlier in the day. I probably lost a half gallon of water in the hour I was out there. Every piece of clothing was absolutely dripping wet. I just don't tolerate heat well. But I do need to visit the doctor one day, I have a lot of little issues I need to address, but it's hard to do when you don't make much money and don't have insurance. Don't make enough to afford to go, but make too much to get assistance... Sucks being in that working poor classification.
I've been told if you ever suffer a heat stroke you are less tolerant of heat from then on. I don't know if that is a fact or not.
I've also been told that a heart attack can be brought on by cooling down too fast. Again, I don't know if that's a fact.
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I've been told if you ever suffer a heat stroke you are less tolerant of heat from then on. I don't know if that is a fact or not.
I've also been told that a heart attack can be brought on by cooling down too fast. Again, I don't know if that's a fact.
Hmm, I hope not. I know I'm not in as good of shape as I used to be, but I didn't think I was that bad. Just up until a few years ago, I was working long and hard hours in the heat, and handled it just fine. I guess maybe the last 2 years of working from home and not getting as much exercise as I used to played some role in it. And I do think since that first incident a few days ago, any time I go out in the heat or exert myself very much, I start feeling a little... off. Hopefully I'm not permanently screwed up on being able to work in the heat. Not that I enjoy it, but it needs to be done from time to time.
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Well, demo has started on the damaged sections in need of repair. I started with a simple task of locating the leak that had rotted a hole in the subfloor under the hall closet wall. Didn't take long to find it. I was expecting it to be something leaking upstairs, dripping down the pipe, but it appears to be a leak level with the floor, where the pipe goes between two joists. Not sure if it was due to house movement/settling, or just corrosion in the copper pipe. It looks like it would have to leak for a long time to cause that much rot. The bottom plate is completely gone and the front wall of the closet is swinging in the breeze... I thought this fix was going to be a bit easier, but now it seems I'm going to have to pull up my big boy pants and go at this job hard. Decided instead of picking around at the issues one at a time, all in this central area of the house (bathroom, hall closet and water heater closet, between the living room and back bedroom), I'm just going to build a temporary brace wall, remove that whole chunk of the house, pull up the subfloors and start again. It shouldn't even need a brace wall, as it's only a ~14' span from the center line of the house to the exterior wall (its a simple square house with a boring, steep pitch gable roof, and there is a wall running almost the entire length down the center). Once those few short walls are out of the way, and I pull up the subfloor, that will make replacing the 2 or 3 damaged joists much easier. It will also allow me to reroute plumbing and hvac ducts closer to the exterior wall so I can open up the living room and hallway a bit more. Then I can put down the new subfloor in full sheets, rather than trying to fit it into existing walled spaces, which is far less than ideal. But before any of that can start, I have to take down the rear deck tomorrow. My chainsaw is fueled up and lubed, ready to go. Need it out of the way to gain access to the sill plate and rim joist that needs to be removed and replaced. Should be a fun week... Hopefully I'll have it back to new framing by the weekend, and then I can start on my least favorite of tasks, drywall and paint...

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Opened up 3 walls, exposed the full extent of the damage, stepped on a nail... It was a good day.
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Looks like you are going to be having some fun LOL

Now go get your tetanus shot
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It has been a pretty productive week. We've only been working 4 or 5 hours in the morning, because by noon, it's too hot and humid to function. But even with limited time, we got the back deck down, cut away the siding at the bottom and replaced the rim joist. I really lucked out, in that the sill plate is nowhere nearly as bad as I thought. I didn't even need to replace any of it, which is good because I was not looking forward to trying to jack the house up. There's about a 2' long section where the outer 1" is a bit soft, but the rest of the board supporting the joists feels and looks in good condition. The worst part of it is between two joists anyway, and only leaves a tiny 1/8" gap between the bottom edge of the rim joist and the sill. The original rim joist is what took the bulk of the damage. With exception to a few little spots that were still partially intact, most of it was rotted completely through, or at least looked like black swiss cheese... Most of it we raked out by hand. I had to replace about 20' of rim joist... So the joists in that span werent really tied together for many many years. Only two joists are rotted on the end, the rest are just a little damp just on the very bottom corner, with maybe very very minor rot. But not nearly enough to make me worry about it or want to spend the time and money patching it. Should be just fine. Just need to cut back and scab about 4' on one of them, and about 2' on the other. Then there is one in the middle of the span, the leaking pipes from the picture above, that is a double, and needs a 3' section cut and scabbed. Taking the weekend off, because this week has drained me, but first thing Monday, I'll start pulling up subfloor, and start capping off old plumbing and old electrical, then scab the joists that need it, and put down new subfloor. Then I should be ready to do some minor interior framing, and reframe the exterior wall in the old bathroom.
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I've got air conditioning again... Surprisingly. Had a guy come look at the 30 year old packaged ac/heater, and even though it hasn't been used in more than 5 years, all it needed was a R-22 topoff, and the contacts on the thermostat needed brushing. It came right on and seems to be running pretty well. It only needed a few pounds of R-22, but since it's being phased out and the price is 10x what it was 10 years ago, it cost $200 to recharge... But at least I have 62 degree air coming out of the vents now. I'm more excited to have dryer air, than cooler air. It's been so swampy downstairs during this whole process. As long as the unit lasts through these next few hottest months, I'll be happy. Hopefully I can come up with the money to get a new package unit installed before next summer, which he said he could do for in the $4-5k range. I'd have to get the gas hooked back up, which is no big deal I guess. He said he would handle that too, as part of the install. We shall see.
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Rim joist repair work. You can see there is some minor rot, but mostly just staining and mold on the bottom edges of the sheathing. You can also see the largest spot of sill rot under the left side of the door frame. The frame will have to be replaced, it's too far gone for me to waste time trying to patch the rotted spots.



The view from the living room, looking through the water heater closet, the bathroom, and into the back bedroom which will now be the bathroom. I'll have to replumb the copper on the left side of the wall, since that closet will be removed.



The rot and termite damage from those two copper pipes that feed the upstairs. The lower wall plate is completely gone, as well as about half of the width of the 2x10 joist under that section.



And now the nightmare that was found behind and under the bath tub. That whole exterior wall will be removed and reframed, minus the window, since it'll become a closet. It should have never gotten to that point, but all I can do now is fix it I guess...

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